Sunday, May 19, 2013

Feeling depressed? How this doubles the risk of a stroke

There has been an increase in clinical depression worldwide, if you are feeling depressed from this extremely debilitating illness it is important to know that depression effects the heart greatly. A new study from Australia has revealed that people who are medicated for depression double the risk of having a stroke, this is a very dangerous situation seeing that more that 18 million in the United States are on antidepressants.

How does depression increase the risk of stroke?

Doctors were very alarmed when after adjusting for factors like smoking,diet and body weight they concluded that people who were suffering from clinical depression were suffering from stroke at almost twice the rate in comparison to people who were not living with the disease. A stroke is actually bleeding from the brain, a stroke is a condition in which the brain cells suddenly die because of a lack of oxygen. This can be caused by an obstruction in the blood flow, or the rupture of an artery that feeds the brain. The patient may suddenly lose the ability to speak, there may be memory problems, or one side of the body can become paralyzed. Many people who are feeling depressed for long periods of time may be prescribed antidepressants and the pills have been linked to increase risk of  stroke.

The antidepressant stroke link

The Australian study highlighted a very important fact that  antidepressants usage is linked to brain bleeding which may contribute to a stroke. A study in Neurology showed that selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may lead to bleeding in the brain that may cause a stroke. SSRI antidepressants were 50 percent more likely to cause bleeding as opposed to those not taking antidepressants and a 40 percent elevated risk for having a bleeding within the brain compared to those not taking the medications. There are millions of people who are feeling depressed and rely very much on their medications, we do not recommend stopping the drugs without speaking to your doctor. Regardless of  if you continue on medications or not it is important to go beyond drugs to take control of depression, do not end your healing with a pill, we have shown people in over 10 countries that they can go beyond medications to treat depression on their own in private. This has worked in thousands in 10 countries 


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